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Crop Tops for Days

Dare to bare in this week’s trend, the ultra fabulous crop top!  Crop tops are everywhere this season and at first, I must admit I was a little nervous about them, but now I am in love and cannot get enough.  I try to incorporate a crop top into as many ensembles as possible, which is tricky (and not quite appropriate) considering the dress code at my office is business casual.  But I digress, I fully appreciate the initial hesitation with crop tops, but this trend is a summer must that I encourage everyone to experiment with.  There are different levels of midriff to bare and so many looks that can be achieved with this trend.  Make it your own and have fun with it!

crop top

This is the perfect amount of skin for someone easing their way into the crop top trend

polka dots

I’m seeing spots and loving it! The mixture of different sizes is absolutely delightful!

Photo courtesy of Frivolous Fringe

black and white

I love the boldness of this look! She went for it and looks amazing!

Photo courtesy of They All Hate Us

bustier

I’m always a fan of a perfectly tailored bustier top!

Photo courtesy of Utterly Ruins 

crop top

I absolutely need this top for my Hawaii trip! If you know where I can find it let me know!

Bold prints and crop tops are an unbeatable combo

A high waisted skirt and crop tops are an unbeatable combo

Photo courtesy of Ashley Ring My Bell

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Dare to Bare

Another summer obsession and heat wave survival essential is the crop top.  I know I said it before and dedicated a post to the 90s, but they are back in a big way and the resurgence of the crop top is another wonderful 90s trend that has reared its fabulous head.  While the 90s were dominated by grunge, the crop top has taken on a more versatile role.  Baring your midriff is not only on trend but it can also be done in a tasteful sophisticated way.  This is another trend that I constantly hear people say they cannot rock, but to the naysayers out there I say, you can do it!  As always, comfort is key so only bare what feels right to you and from there, go wild!

Cropped Top

Top: American Apparel (found here), Skirt: French Connection (similar here), Shoes: DVF (found here), Bag: Love, Cortnie (found here)

crop top

There are different levels of midriff to bare so only show what you are comfortable with!

Leopard

Leopard is the perfect complement for any ensemble

Black & white

I went for the classic (and my absolute favorite) black and white combo to experiment with the crop top

Crop Top

Details!

I normally don't go for a midi length but the conservative length is perfect for the provocative top

I normally don’t go for a below the knee skirt but the conservative length is perfect for the provocative top

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Shorts & Prints to beat the heat

I do not do well in the heat and as much as I love summer and all of the amazingness it has to offer, three straight weeks of 90 plus degree temperatures is just too much!  So today’s post is, once again, dedicated to ways to beat the heat this summer or at least cope with it.  Shorts are one of my major summer staples.  I actually live in shorts year round and just throw a pair of tights under them in the winter, but they are absolute perfection all on their own during the summer.  A way to elevate your shorts look is by playing with prints, fabrics and textures.  I love a good jort, but there is a whole world of shorts out there that need to explored and that is why this week is devoted to the fabulous printed short.

printed shorts

Top: old (similar here & here), Shorts: Forever 21 (found here), Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here), Bag: Vintage (similar-ish here), Sunglasses: RayBan (found here)

printed shorts

Pairing a print and a solid is an easy way to experiment with prints

printed shorts

Shorts and heels are perfect complements for each other

You can't really see the shorts in this pic, but it highlights the importance of accessories

You can’t really see the shorts in this pic, which helps highlight the importance of accessories

accessories

Bracelets: Madewell & Fornash, Watch: Michael Kors

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White Hot

This summer is white hot!  White is everywhere and is the perfect (non) color to combat the intense summer sun!  I am a firm disbeliever in the no white before Memorial Day “rule” and encourage everyone to rock white all year round, especially in this intense heat!  An all white ensemble is bold, sophisticated and perfect!  White on white is crisp, clean and instantly makes you look more tan (something I always need help with).  I encourage everyone to embrace this summer trend and make it your own, the possibilities are endless!

white suit

This suit means business!

Photo courtesy of Miss Zeit

white blazer

I could not be more obsessed with this blazer dress! It is absolutely flawless and fashion forward.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Pacific

white on white

Playing with shades of white

Photo courtesy of Bergdorf Princess

This white maxi is perfect for summer and I love the light dress with chunky boots.

This white maxi is perfect for summer and I love the light dress with chunky boots.

Photo courtesy of Cami Carp

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Rosie Huntington Whiteley looking fabulous in this white hot asymmetrical hemline dress

Photo courtesy of Fashion Gone Rogue

romper

I love a fabulous romper and this is no exception!

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The Varsity Jacket

After a brief hiatus I am bringing back street style InstaGlam.  Today’s InstaGlam pic is courtesy of the fabulous Audrey Cotton, who I cornered and photographed at the Fundrise Investor party event.  Audrey is flawlessly rocking the varsity jacket.  The look is such a great success because she pairs the bulky classic piece with a sleek black maxi and cropped top (another one of my obsessions for spring).  This look is daring and fabulous!

*Semi-disclaimer: the reason I took a mini InstaGlam break is because the quality of the pictures can sometimes be questionable because they are taken with my phone and normally in a setting with less than ideal lighting.  So please forgive the shotty camera work, because this outfit was just too amazing to not share*

Jacket: Asos (found here), Top: Asos (found here), Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (found here), Shoes: ____ (found here)

Jacket: Asos (found here), Top: Asos (similar found here), Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (similar found here)

The key to pulling off a successful cropped top is moderation and only showing a little peek-abo of skin

The key to pulling off a successful cropped top is moderation and only showing a little peek-abo of skin

loving the gold tipped heels!

loving the gold tipped heels!

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InstaGlam

This week’s instaglam pictures were taken while I was in Austin, TX. Acting as the host to delicious restaurants, unique boutiques and great music, Austin is an incredible city that fosters innovation and creativity.  I had the most wonderful time in Austin and cannot wait to go back.  The city has so much to offer from music to food to fashion to fun Austin is a must visit!  I snapped these pictures in the bathroom of a bar and thankfully she was a wonderful sport.  I am obsessed with every detail of this look and what makes it even more fabulous is that the outfit is almost completely vintage or thrifted.

For more pictures from my trip follow me on instagram and twitter (@gardenofglam)!

This look was flawlessly styled! I love the simple black and white palette and her knotted cropped tank!

Simply obsessed with this bag!

I love a red lip and the gold accents, layered accessories and ombre do!

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